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PostPosted: Wed 23 May 2012 23:26 pm 
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Great builds everyone :) I have one of these yet to build. Sorry if this is OT or anything, but is the suggested scheme any use for Northwest Europe post D-Day or should I be thinking more along the lines of the typical Panzer grey?

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Spitfire873:442364 wrote:
Great builds everyone :) I have one of these yet to build. Sorry if this is OT or anything, but is the suggested scheme any use for Northwest Europe post D-Day or should I be thinking more along the lines of the typical Panzer grey?


Well, neither.  The kit's suggested scheme is intended for North Africa.  Panzer grey was only used in Europe from mid-1940 to early 1943 (-ish).  By 1944 the standard scheme was the multi-coloured scheme based around dark yellow, red-brown and olive green.  The actual camouflage patterns in use varied dramatically so in this case, research is your friend.

Here's an example of the sort of thing you would expect (although in this case it would be a post-war museum paint job):
http://www.partworkmodels.co.uk/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=58&t=348

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As I am in the process of getting back in to modelling after a few decades I have also built this kit and found that the tractor went together well, with only a bit of filler in the cab. Despite what is suggested in the kit painting instructions, the wheels need to have the rubber painted on them, which is best done at an early stage, as this will greatly improve the look of your kit. Weathering in the base colour, followed up by mud or sand colour of choice will help cover up any imperfections!

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However the gun needed a bit of work in that the pins to hold the folding legs were not fully formed and in any case broke off - so I had to drill these out and replace with plastic rod which allowed them to work properly. There were also a few sink holes to fill and flash to scrap off. It also helped to drill out the end of the barrel.

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Incidentally what version of the '88' is the Airfix gun, and what time period does it relate? Would it have been in use in Poland or was the shield later war?


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See this-

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Incidentally what version of the '88' is the Airfix gun, and what time period does it relate? Would it have been in use in Poland or was the shield later war?

We did a Group Build of this either early in the ATF's life or late in the life of the original Airfix.com forum (which preceded ATF). Stuzzar was the GBL. I think we decided that the Airfix gun most closely resembled a FLAK 18, but only a few changes were needed to make it a FLAK 36/37. As you can see from the above link, you can make more extensive modifications to backdate it even further.

As the gun was generally an AA weapon, the shield was something that came later. Although it had been used as an AT weapon in the Spanish Civil War, and notably during the French Campaign at Arras, I don't think it acquired gun shields until Barbarossa, or possibly Libya. Even following the Normandy landings, Luftwaffe crews were sometimes reluctant to engage tanks, preferring to look skywards. On occasion, a Luger to the temple from a Wehrmacht officer was required to change their minds.

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